The Music of Julius Eastman at Princeton with Sō Percussion – January 21

Sō Percussion, Princeton’s Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence, invite student musicians to participate in two large works by Julius Eastman: Stay on Itand Gay Guerrilla. These sprawling and electrifying works of 1970s minimalism involve groove, improvisation, and creative decision making.

More information HERE

Brooklyn Bound: Tuesday, December 13th at 8pm at our studio!

Tuesday, December 13 – 8pm ET

Sō Percussion Studio in Brooklyn 

If you are coming to any of our shows, we are located at 20 Grand Ave. #205 in Brooklyn, across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Concerts are free, and we sell beverages and take donations for the artists.


Momentum is a New York-based collective united by the joy and freedom of jazz communicated through the sounds that pulse along the airwaves of today and tomorrow. Their sound is mystic, kinetic, clear, and deep – uplifting and inspiring its listeners.

Learn more about Momentum here!

Andrea Mazzariello

Andrea Mazzariello (he/him) is a composer, performer, writer, and teacher. His musical practices include writing songs, making electronic music, and working in notated traditions. His work explores spoken and sung treatments of his own original text, plays with computers and other kinds of electronics, and engages the physiology of performance in novel ways. He writes about listening, musical media, and pedagogy, and teaches and mentors music-makers working in a wide variety of genres and approaches. His music has been performed widely in North America and Europe, and appears on releases by New Amsterdam Records, SEAMUS, Proper Canary, and his own One More Revolution records. The Operating System published his first book, One More Revolution: A Love Song, on Vinyl, in 2018. He teaches composition and music technology at Carleton College, directs the composition program at the Sō Percussion Summer Institute, and mentors and collaborates with young beatmakers, producers, and songwriters at The Key, a youth services organization in downtown Northfield, MN.

Read more about Andrea here!

This upcoming Brooklyn Bound Sō Percussion will perform a workshop performance of untitled by Kendall Williams that was commissioned through our New Work Development Fund.

Announcing the Release of Individuate

Dear Friends,

The Fall concert season is officially off and running, and we are thrilled to welcome a new album from Darian Donovan Thomas this Friday on Sō Percussion Editions: Individuate.

Individuate features a new, flexible-instrumentation piece from the brilliant and fabulously talented Darian — with multiple performances, by Sō, and by fellow-commissioners and spectacular artists, Bergamot Quartet.

Also featured on the album are Darian’s works, Kid Gunner Brother, and Stephon Clark.

Celebrate the release this Sat, Oct 22 at 8pm.. in a Brooklyn Bound concert at our studio! Darian and Bergamot will be there.

Brooklyn Bound Oct 22 Info
“As we individuate, we connect and identify with the entire human family.”
– Carl Jung
Individuate was commissioned through the Sō Percussion New Work Development Program by Sō Percussion and Bergamot Quartet. It is composed in a way that allows any instrumentalist to perform the piece, and the piece can also be performed by groups of multiples of four players. On this album, there are three versions – by Sō Percussion, by Bergamot Quartet, and by Sō Percussion and Bergamot together.

Kid Gunner Brother and Stephon Clark were both written for the Sō Percussion Summer Institute.

Sō Percussion (Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, Jason Treuting)
Bergamot Quartet (Ledah Finck and Sarah Thomas, violins; Amy Tan, viola; and Irène Han, cello)
Shelby Blezinger-McCay
Kasey Blezinger

All works composed by Darian Donovan Thomas

Producers: Darian Donovan Thomas and Eric Cha-Beach
Mixing Engineer: Matt Poirier
Album Art: MEDIAQUEER (Darian Donovan Thomas and Phong Tran)

Sō celebrates the release of Julia Wolfe’s “Forbidden Love”

Dear Friends,

After an EPIC stretch of international summer performances and the in-person return of SōSI, we are thrilled to return to New York City for TIME SPANS at the DiMennna Center.

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17 at 7:30pm for an awesome program of music written for Sō Percussion:
Angélica Negrón
Gone, 2018
Go Back, 2022*
* US premiere

Vijay Iyer
Torque, 2018

Julia Wolfe
Forbidden Love, 2019

And on Friday, July 19, Cantaloupe Music releases our recording of Julia Wolfe’s Forbidden Love.

Pre-order the digital album or purchase one of a special edition run of physical CDs, featuring hand-printed, individually numbered and signed CD wallets by artist Matthew Van Asselt.

Or buy a disc in person on Wednesday when Julia Wolfe will be there and signing albums!

The Best, The Mess & The Rest: Big Ears 2022
Written By Ryan Reed | March 28, 2022

Sō Percussion at Big Ears 2022!

B I G   E A R S   with   K R O N O S   Q U A R T E T
A N G É L I C A   N E G R Ó N    M A R C H  2 4 – 2 6
We are SO excited to be performing throughout the weekend at Big Ears 2022!

We help open this incredible festival on March 24, with an epic version of Jason Treuting’s Amid the Noise with Kronos Quartet, Angélica Negrón, and Shodekeh.

Then we perform Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part with Caroline Shaw on March 25, and on the closing night, Sō and Kronos Quartet perform the world premiere of a new octet by Angélica Negrón, alongside percussion quartets by Nathalie Joachim (Note to Self) and Julia Wolfe (Forbidden Love).

Whether you live in Tennessee or travel there for the festival, this is going to be so, so special. We hope you can join us!

Big Ears March 24-26: Tickets and More Info

Sō Percussion presents: A Brooklyn Percussion Extravaganza at Roulette Intermedium February 5, 2022!

Sō Percussion presents A Brooklyn Percussion Extravaganza at Roulette Intermedium and Live Stream! 

Part of the Brooklyn Bound concert series 

Saturday, February 5, 2022 starting at 6:00pm

Sō Percussion –  Colleen Bernstein – Kasey Blezinger, Shelby Blezinger-McCay (Troika Percussion) – BOROGOSAKAGU (Rogerio Boccato, Kaoru Watanabe, Sameer Gupta)Victor Caccese (Sandbox Percussion) with James “Banks” Davis – Recap QuartetKhuentertainmentBeth Meyers 

Performing the work of: 
Jason Treuting – Julius Eastman – Andy Akiho –  Lesley Flanigan – Yvette Jackson ––Susan Marshall –  Darian Donovan Thomas 

For seven years, Sō Percussion has been running a loft series from their studio in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard neighborhood. In this special marathon evening, percussionists from different parts of Brooklyn’s rich percussion scene converge to showcase all things percussion at Roulette. 

Celebrating the release of Jason Treuting’s “Nine Numbers” album on Cantaloupe Music, and culminating in a group rendition of Julius Eastman’s Stay on It, this concert places traditions like Trinidadian steel drums and percussion traditions from Japan, Brazil, and India alongside contemporary percussion chamber music for an eclectic, genre-loaded event.  

Beginning at 6:00pm, the concert will be a casual marathon-style event where the audience can come and go throughout.

Purchase Tickets for both In Person and Live Stream Attendance HERE!

Roulette Intermedium’s COVID safety protocols. Proof of Vaccination REQUIRED to enter. Masks Required

*** Should this show need to be rescheduled or cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all tickets sales will be refunded. ***

Percussion | Khuentertainment | Victor Caccesse | Colleen Bernstein

Jason Treuting & Beth Meyers | Borogusakagu (Kauro Watanabe, Sameer Gupta, and Rogerio Boccato) | Recap Quartet

Percussion | Victor Caccesse | Colleen Bernstein | Troika Percussion | Khuentertainment | Borogusakagu (Kauro Watanabe, Sameer Gupta, and Rogerio Boccato) | Recap Quartet


Fall Announcements: Cincinnati Symphony, Carnegie Hall, and More!

Dear Friends,

September is here, can you believe it?  We are thrilled to share news of upcoming concerts – with the Cincinnati Symphony and Bryce Dessner, with Caroline Shaw, at Carnegie Hall, later this month at Princeton, and elsewhere – new recordings, new commissions from Nathalie Joachim, Shodekeh Talifero, and others.

Read on, and join us!

C I N C I N N A T I   S Y M P H O N Y

We begin the season with a free, live concert on Sept 18 at Princeton University (where we are the Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence), and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for MusicNOW, playing a Sept 24 recital of works written for Sō by Bryce Dessner,  Angélica Negrón, and Dominic Shodekeh Talifero.

Then on Sept 25 we join the CSO and Louis Langrée for David Lang’s man made (the performance will be recorded for commercial release — stay tuned for more info!) and Lully’s Suite from Le Bourgeois gentilhomme.

Learn more (including info about the Cincinnati Symphony’s fantastic safety regulations) and buy tickets here.

C A R N E G I E   H A L L

On December 11, we return to Carnegie Hall!

The music on this program encompasses a range of recent collaborations; we offer the world premiere of Nathalie Joachim‘s Note to Self, a co-commission from Carnegie Hall and Sō through the Andrew W. Siegel Fellowship; it’s the first work Nathalie has written for percussion, and it is AWESOME.

We also offer the latest installation of Shodekeh Talifero‘s Vodalities: Paradigms of Consciousnness for the Human Voice. This piece, which Shodekeh will perform with us, is supported by our Flexible Commissions initiative (read more about this project below).

We also revisit Caroline Shaw‘s gorgeous Narrow Sea, with the inimitable Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish, and wind up with a joyous ensemble version of Jason Treuting‘s Amid the Noise, a work which is a kind of seed crystal of artistic development for Sō throughout the years.

To be onstage at Carnegie Hall is always a dazzling honor, and to share this music with a live audience in 2021 is a privilege that nearly overwhelms us.

We cannot wait to share this music with you, and we are happy to say that single tickets are now on sale. Get them here.


This Fall, we release our second Sō Percussion Editions album, featuring new and recent works by Darian Donovan Thomas. The album includes two performances (by the Bergamot Quartet, and by Sō) of Individuate, a work commissioned through the Sō Flexible Commissions initiative. Also on the album is Stephon Clark, and Kid Gunner Brother, performed by Troika Percussion.

This release follows a year of major new Sō recordings; we began 2021 with Caroline Shaw’s Narrow Sea from Nonesuch Records, and our joint project with Buke and Gase, A Record Of… Then in May we released our first album from Sō Percussion Editions: a performance of Julius Eastman’s epic Stay On It.

This summer, we welcomed Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part, created and performed by our “band” with Caroline Shaw. We are so deeply proud of this project, and are delighted to say that in November we’ll be touring the songs with Caroline – stay tuned for cities and dates!

“[Let the Soil Play its Simple Part] with Sō Percussion is every bit as vivid and colourful as the acclaimed Narrow Sea released earlier this year… it is also an experiment in deep collaboration…The result is a glorious, genre-defying disc by turns poignant, celebratory, complex and direct…Beautifully performed and expertly produced, this is music-making at its most vital, expressive and imaginative.”
– BBC Music Magazine


So, what is Sō’s Flexible Commissions initiative? Part of our New Works Development project, it begins with these questions:

Does a piece of music consist of the abstract ideas which animate it? Is it about the exact sounds a composer hears in their mind’s ear? Can it just be notes and rhythms, or even a blueprint for construction?

Although we’ve performed with flexible instrumentation works for years – Terry Riley’s In C, Jason Treuting’s Amid the Noise, etc – the concept gained urgency in 2020, when quarantine and social issues made us question and consider every element of music-making and collaboration. Flexibility was the only way forward.

Recent and upcoming Flexible Commissions include new works by Kendall K. Williams, Bora Yoon, Darian Donavan Thomas, Claire Rousay, Shodekeh Talifero, and Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti.

Stay tuned for more!


S Ō S I   2 0 2 1

This summer we offered our 13th annual Sō Percussion Summer Institute, a remote, immersive program exploring performance practice and collaboration.

Check out the 2021 SōSI Closing Concert above – it features HOURS of new music and performances by the incredible SōSI artists. Congratulations to all!

We also thank everyone who donated to Sō during SōSI; 100% of those gifts provided meals through The Outreach Program for food-insecure families in Mercer County, NJ.

This is our seventh year partnering with this incredible organization; we are honored to work with them.  THANK YOU, all of you who have supported this effort!

Thank you for reading and listening. Be in touch, and be well!






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Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion’s ‘Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part,’ Out Now on Nonesuch


Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part, an album of songs written and performed by Caroline Shaw and Sō Percussion, is out now on Nonesuch Records, available everywhere here, including on clear vinyl. The musicians, who have known each other since their student days, were presented with three days of gratis studio time and decided to experiment with ideas they had begun putting to tape during the sessions for their January 2021 Nonesuch release Narrow Sea. With Shaw on vocals and Sō—Eric Cha-Beach, Josh Quillen, Adam Sliwinski, and Jason Treuting—filling out this new band, they developed songs in the studio, with lyrics inspired by their own wide-ranging interests: James Joyce, the Sacred Harp hymn book, a poem by Anne Carson, the Bible’s Book of Ruth, the American roots tune “I’ll Fly Away,” and the pop perfection of ABBA, among others. The album is co-produced by Shaw, Sō Percussion, and the Grammy Award–winning engineer Jonathan Low (The National, Taylor Swift).

To coincide with the album’s release, the artists have released a video of them performing their take on ABBA’s “Lay All Your Love on Me,” a track on the new album. The video, directed by Maureen Towey and filmed at Bok in Philadelphia, includes additional vocals from Beth Meyers and Yeji Cha-Beach; you can watch it here:

Shaw, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her vocal composition Partita for 8 Voices, written for and performed with Roomful of Teeth, makes her solo vocal debut with Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part.

The album’s first track, “To the Sky,” is from the Sacred Harp and takes its lyrics from Anne Steele. “I love the songs about death, and going home, and looking toward a time that is better or brighter, which, if there’s one thing to think about in the world, maybe that’s the thing,” Shaw says. “This one I love in particular. There’s a line, ‘Frail solace of an hour/ So soon our transient comforts fly / And pleasure blooms to die.’ It’s meditation on the ephemeral, and I love it.”

“I hadn’t written very many songs, but I have certainly loved many in my life. I’ve been thinking of making a solo album for seven or eight years, but it takes having the right friends and community in the room,” Shaw says. “The prompt for all of us was: What would we make in the room together with no one person in charge, like a band writes in the studio?”

Cha-Beach recalls of the early test run during the Narrow Sea session: “It had that capturing-lightning-in-a bottle feeling.” When the opportunity to have three days in their friends’ studio, Guilford Sound, came up, the five musicians decamped for Vermont with engineer/co-producer Jonathan Low. “Jon is an amazing editor,” Cha-Beach says, “He is so helpful in thinking about: ‘We have these ideas: how do we shrink those and make them come across on an album?’”

One such idea was for Shaw to do a duet with each member of Sō. She sings with Josh Quillen on steel drums on the title track, which she wrote in under an hour in a “free-writing zone, very inspired by James Joyce, taking on that brain space,” she says. Lyrically, the song is “related to some math bits that I love, but also memory, and love songs of somebody who’s gone or passed away, or that you’re no longer with: what is the sound of that kind of devastation or confusion or love?” They recorded the song only twice, and the first take is on the album. “It’s very spare. The playing is very Josh; it’s so sensitive,” Shaw says.

Adam Sliwinski’s marimba duet with Shaw is an interpretation of the ABBA song “Lay All Your Love on Me.” She explains, “It’s really a Bach chorale. Also, the idea of someone singing ‘Don’t go wasting your emotion / Lay all your love on me / Don’t go sharing your devotion / Lay all your love on me,’ over and over again very slowly, there’s a certain tragedy in it. And then Adam did some absolutely exquisite layering that built this stunning world from the marimba.”

Jason Treuting on the drum kit joined Shaw for “Long Ago We Counted.” She suggested, “Why don’t we start with the voice and the kit having a weird conversation, sort of like two babies talking to each other? And then we built this loop, and we go from this place that’s totally uncomfortable and nonsensical to something that’s rich and rolling and satisfying.” For “Some Bright Morning,” the duet with Cha-Beach—who here plays electronics, piano, and Hammond organ—Shaw drew upon a twelfth century liturgical hymn she had sung regularly in church during her college years: “Salve Regina.”

“Some songs on Let the Soil… were very specifically composed by Caroline,” Cha-Beach says. “But others were this assemblage of ideas: finding words, an idea for how a melody could work, a harmony, and then tossing it in a blender and trusting each other.” Shaw adds, “What I love about Sō is the curiosity about how objects make sounds and how they speak to each other. [There was an] underlying thread of thinking about what goes into soil, how we take care of it, how we allow it to be itself, how we contain it, and what can come out of it if you cultivate the right environment, which for me is always this wonderful metaphor for creativity and collaboration: let people be themselves and see what happens,” she concludes.